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Coptic leader declines to join in Egypt's 'national dialogue'

December 11, 2012

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II has declined an invitation from Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi to join in a "national dialogue," explaining that the Church is not a political institution.

President Morsi, whose move to assume sweeping new powers has provoked strong opposition, evidently wished to enlist Coptic leaders in his bid to negotiate a response to the country's political crisis.

Pope Tawadros replied that the proper role of the Orthodox Church is to pray for Egypt, and leave political bargains to political officials.


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  • Posted by: spledant7672 - Dec. 11, 2012 10:36 AM ET USA

    Glory to God for such a man - "for such a time as this..."